Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

“If you’s angry today, I’m here to tell you: Be angry. I’m furious. “

That was Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker at a press conference in Highland Park on Monday, hours after a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade there,. Authorities named a person of interest, 21-year-old, who was taken into custody after an hourslong manhunt on Monday evening.

Illinois State Sen. Darren Bailey, the Republican candidate for governor who is running to unseat Pritzker, was in nearby Skokie, Ill., One of several surrounding communities forced to cancel their Independence Day parades in the wake of the mass shooting in Highland Park.

Chairs, bicycles, strollers and balloons were left behind at the scene of a mass shooting on the Fourth of July parade route in Highland Park, Ill., Monday.  (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Chairs, bicycles, strollers and balloons were left behind at the scene of a mass shooting on the Fourth of July parade route in Highland Park, Ill., Monday. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

“The shooter is still at large, so let’s pray for justice to prevail,” Bailey said while leading a group prayer that was. “And then let’s move on and let’s celebrate the independence of this nation.”

He added: “We have got to get corruption and evil out of our government.”

Bailey for suggesting the community quickly “move on” and “celebrate” Independence Day.

“I apologize if in any way we diminished the pain being felt across our state today,” Bailey said in a statement. “I hope we can all come together in prayer and action to address rampant crime and mental health issues to make sure these horrific tragedies do not happen again. ”

Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Darren Bailey delivers remarks after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump at a rally in Mendon, Ill., On June 25. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images)

Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Darren Bailey delivers remarks after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump at a rally in Mendon, Ill., On June 25. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas / Getty Images)

At the press conference Monday, Pritzker was joined by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., An Iraq War veteran, who said she listened to the sounds of the gunfire on a video captured by one of the bystanders at the parade.

“The last time I heard a weapon with that capacity firing that rapidly on a fourth of July was Iraq,” Duckworth said. “It was not the United States of America.”

She added: “We can and we should and we will do better.”

Pritzker said he had spoken to President Biden, who said in a statement that he was “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.”

“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives,” Biden added. “But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

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